Thursday, June 25, 2015 6:28 AM Local Time
Upeshka Desilva and Dara O'Kearney Battle for a Bracelet
Welcome to Day 4 of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event.
Today it's heads up between Dara O'Kearney and Upeshka Desilva. The tournament began on Monday, with 1,655 players, starting with 7,500 in chips.
Tuesday saw a return of 260 players. Those returning with the biggest stacks included Brayden Fritzshall (194,700), Justin Kindred (183,000) Jorden Fox (147,600).
Upeshka Desilva and Dara O'Kearney returned with just 50,900 and 58,400 respectively, yet both players ultimately out ran Day 2's starting chipleaders, with Fritzshall eliminated in 20th place ($12,422), Kindred in 24th place ($12,422) and Fox in 7th place ($50,985).
Day 3 saw a return of just 24 players, with Jason Koon (1,405,000), Barry Hutter (1,096,000) and David Jackson (1,059,000) returning with the most chips. Dara O'Kearney returned in 16th place with 329,000 and Upeshka Desilva returned in 6th place with 729,000, yet again, both players out ran the day's starting chipleaders.
Koon was eliminated in 9th place, winning $30,095, Hutter was knocked out in 12th place, taking home $23,660 and Jackson was bust out in 10th place, also taking home $23,660.
Tablemates of Fox, Koon, Desilva and O'Kearney on Day 3's final table were Vasily Tsapko, who was eliminated in 8th place ($38,920), Bobby Moore who was knocked out in 6th place ($67,697), Ilkin Amirov, who bust out in 5th place ($91,157), Patrick Rojek who went out in 4th place ($124,537) and John Dolan who made it to 3rd place ($172,752).
The final levels of Day 3 saw O'Kearney and Desilva heads up, after knocking out their tablemates and 1,653 other players, including bracelet winners Barry Hutter, Phillip Hui, Carlos Mortensen and Loni Harwood,
As they played heads up, Desilva's friends cheered riotously from the rail and there was no mistaking their support. O'Kearney's biggest fans were behind the scenes, with his wife Mireille and children Fiona, Paddy and Oisin watching the live stream from an airport in France. Representing in person, the lungs of fellow Irishman Andy Black more than competed with the crew behind Desilva.
O'Kearney returns today with 2,180,000 and Desilva comes back with 10,250,000.
Tune in from 1pm for live updates as they play heads up, battling for a bracelet.